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Say It Isn't So

Claire Martin

Say It Isn't So

...a joyful celebration
AKD 454 (Linn Records)
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1
Steppin’ Out

Steppin’ Out

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
02:21 Play $1.70
2
Change Partners

Change Partners

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
02:42 Play $1.70
3
Get Thee Behind Me Satan/I Got Lost in His Arms

Get Thee Behind Me Satan/I Got Lost in His Arms

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
03:47 Play $1.70
4
He Ain’t Got Rhythm

He Ain’t Got Rhythm

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
02:14 Play $1.70
5
Love You Didn’t Do Right By Me

Love You Didn’t Do Right By Me

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
02:49 Play $1.70
6
How Deep is the Ocean

How Deep is the Ocean

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
03:24 Play $1.70
7
Lonely Heart

Lonely Heart

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
03:02 Play $1.70
8
Shakin’ the Blues Away/Blue Skies

Shakin’ the Blues Away/Blue Skies

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
02:45 Play $1.70
9
Better Luck Next Time

Better Luck Next Time

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
03:01 Play $1.70
10
Say It Isn’t So

Say It Isn’t So

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
03:16 Play $1.70
11
What’ll I Do?

What’ll I Do?

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
03:46 Play $1.70
12
Waiting at the End of the Road

Waiting at the End of the Road

Composer Irving Berlin
Band Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett
03:37 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 37 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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‘Say It Isn't So' is a joyful celebration; both of the impeccably crafted songs of Irving Berlin and of the unique partnership between two seasoned performers at the top of their game: Claire Martin and the late Richard Rodney Bennett. 

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Claire Martin

Claire Martin

The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin, has won Best Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards on six separate occasions and was awarded an O.B.E. in 2011.
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Richard Rodney Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett is a musician who is equally renowned in the worlds of jazz, film and classical music.
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One of The 10 Best Albums of 2013 - The Telegraph: ‘This collection of Irving Berlin songs has deliciously deft numbers like Shakin' the Blues Away, and witty ones like He Ain't got Rhythm (where Rodney Bennett's quavering tenor is just as satisfying in its way as Martin's rich, lingering contralto).'

 

Lifelong friends on and off stage, Martin and Bennett recorded three studio albums and enjoyed acclaimed concert performances in a collaboration that flourished over two decades. Recorded in New York, ‘Say It Isn't So' is their last recording together and one of which Claire is immensely proud.  Bennett's skilful arrangements highlight why Berlin was widely considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time and brilliantly showcase Claire's assured and expressive voice.

Claire and Richard's previous duo albums, 'When Lights are Low' and ‘Witchcraft', received wide critical acclaim: ‘their albums set the standard for classic interpretations of popular songs' (The Observer).

Booklet notes

The human voice was a life-long source of inspiration for Richard Rodney Bennett; not only as a composer of perfectly crafted vocal and choral works, but as a songwriter, piano accompanist and singer himself. His knowledge of popular song from the ‘golden age' of the twentieth century was unmatched - there were few songs he didn't know inside out, verse and chorus, and throughout his long and widely-varied career he enjoyed a number of celebrated musical partnerships with some of the leading jazz and cabaret singers in both the UK and abroad.

His collaboration with Claire Martin was, for many of his friends and admirers, the most successful and musically satisfying of his musical partnerships. At first they made for slightly unusual bedfellows - he the grand old man of British music and she the brightest of the young jazz stars - but the chemistry between them was special from the off. The love, respect and admiration they had for each other is evident in every track they recorded together over the years.

© John Wilson, 2013

In 2011 Richard and I played the Oak Room (which has now sadly closed) at the wonderful Algonquin Hotel in New York City for a 3 week run. Our show was called ‘A Couple of Swells' and it was our tribute to the great Irving Berlin. We spent months going over the song possibilities - Berlin had been so prolific! - and eventually chose our favourites to make up our two sets. This album, also recorded in New York, captures the best of the show and Richard's tasteful arrangements give each song a special magic. It was an honour to work with Richard and I'm very proud of have had the privilege to have known him and to have loved him.  Singing with Richard was always a joy; we had so much fun and so many laughs together. He was very pleased that this album was going to be released. I hope you enjoy it - we loved making it.

© Claire Martin, 2013

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Jazz Times
'One of the most delightful collaborations in vocal jazz
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The Observer
'...her singing here is a constant delight.'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
‘...every one of the 12 songs strikes vocal jazz gold...’
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The Sunday Times
‘The composer’s studio collaborations with Claire Martin turned out to be just as compelling…Martin’s readings of How Deep Is The Ocean and What’ll I Do? touch rare depths.’
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05 March 2014 to 06 March 2014
England, London
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, England, United Kingdom
The Ronnie Scotts All Stars

19 March 2014 to 19 March 2014
England
Middlesbrough Town hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom
The BBC Big Band and Claire Martin present ‘The Big Band Divas’

22 March 2014 to 22 March 2014
England, London
Kings Place, London, England, United Kingdom
Claire Martin with The Montpellier Cello Quartet